THE POWER OF PRAISES

Bible In One Year-Day 69 (Monday, March 10, 2014)

Commentary Num28-30. Chapter28 is about God’s demand for the type of food He preferred and that it should be presented at the appointed time. God demands us to give Him an offering with sweet aroma. Summarily, God demands from us praises as food and should be offered in the morning and at evening (as a matter of fact, all the time); Psalms 100:4 “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.”

There is power in praising the Lord. When you praise God in songs, you soar above your problems. Praising God brings down His glory and angels join you, i.e. the atmosphere of His presence is experienced in praising Him. David prayed to God three times a day but he praised God seven times a day; no wonder God loved him even though he was a sinner. Psalms 119:164 “Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.”

If you could break the record of David in praising God, you will be amazed how God would multiply His blessings on you. Praising God multiplies the sorrows of the devil and that is why the devil does not want you to have joy; he hates it because through your praises, the hand of God moves with an awesome power. Praising God invokes prophecies, 2 Samuel 23:2 “The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.”

When you see a person who praises God all the time, the aura around such person carries heavenly presence, demons flee (Psalm149). By praising God, you unleash judgment on the powers of darkness. There is no place for sorrows in heaven, just praises. That is where I want to be, beloved, when the roll is called. I pray that you will not miss that place also. Psalm42 reveals that the Psalmist went through difficult times also but he refused to drop praising God for sorrowing,

Psalms 42:11 “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”

David was good in encouraging himself in the Lord. You can give the devil difficult times only through praising God. David is known for encouraging himself if no one cares and in most cases, he sings praises to God. The best way to win a good countenance of God is that in all situations, praise Him. The book of Psalm started with blessing God and ended with praising God. Your praises are the food of God and the best way to draw Him to you. Where you see sin offering, it is for forgiveness, where you see burnt offering, it is for you to offer yourself totally to God, the whole of you without any bitterness (blemish) of heart and where drink offering is mentioned, you need to praise God, i.e. be drunk with the Spirit and not strong drink. Amongst all the kings of Israel there was no king that praised God as much as King David; Jesus was referred to as Son of David. Learn to thank God by praising Him. Num30 warns us greatly about making vows; making vows binds the soul. Many had made vows in the past and may not be aware that the violation could be the root of some problems in their lives. You need to ask God for deep revelations; this brings out some things you had ignored in the past but is binding. May He, in His infinite mercies, shine His light in your darkness, in the name of Jesus. Our reading for today is Num31-33. Keep the fire burning and alive. Psalms 150:6 “Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”

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